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The role of the tutorials is to provide a platform for a more intensive scientific exchange amongst researchers interested in a particular topic and as a meeting point for the community. Tutorials complement the depth-oriented technical sessions by providing participants with broad overviews of emerging fields. A tutorial can be scheduled for 1.5 or 3 hours.


Sustainable Habitats vs Dystopian Future 
Instructor : Calin Horatio Ciufudean

Sustainable Habitats vs Dystopian Future


Calin Horatio Ciufudean
Computers, Automatics and Electronics, “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava
Brief Bio
Ciufudean Calin Horatiu is an Associate Professor Ph.D. Eng. “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Computers, Control Systems, and Electronics. - Courses and laboratories: Industrial Control Systems, Reliability and Diagnosis, Discrete Event Systems, Data Acquisition Systems; – Researcher in control systems, and sustainable development systems; – Researcher as team member and director of over 34 research projects; – Trainer of student groups for national and international student competitions; – Editor of the Romanian Journal of Ecology; – Author of over 160 scientific papers published in scientific journals and conferences proceedings abroad and in Romania; – Author of 12 books published in Romania and abroad; – Author or co-author of 32 inventions. - Technical Expert of the Romanian Ministry of Justice. - President of the Romanian Society of Electrical & Control Engineering, Suceava Branch. - He is a member of the editorial boards of several international scientific journals and conferences of control systems and electric engineering science. He was designated chairmen and/or key note speaker at 29 international conferences.

Humans – a video which received over 3.5 million viewers since August 2014 claims that ICTs and modern technologies are going to make people obsolete in all runs of modern life. Should this be the dystopian future? Maybe we are tempted to agree, considering that mega cities account for 80 percent of the world’s urban population. The growth of the mega cities is predicted to show over the coming decade as more than half of the world’s population will be urban dwellers. By 2030, 60 percent of us, will call the city home. We may say that such mega-cities are the engine for development, but very little of what feeds and builds a mega-city comes from the city itself, and even less of the waste stays here. Just how much land is commandeered to support cities, nations and their inhabitants is measured using the so-called “ecological-footprint analysis”. Ecological-footprint analysis looks at the flow of materials and energy going into and out of an area. It then determines how much productive land and water is needed to supply the renewable resources involved (including the energy to process them) and to deal with the generated waste. Another issue of modern cities is the air pollution, and guess what: Now, indoor air quality (IAQ) is reportedly worse than that of external air due to the concentration of organic hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) often emanating from the buildings’ construction materials and office furniture, all confined into tight spaces. This is aggravated by inadequate ventilation and the fact that most people spend 90% of their time indoor, leading to the so called Sick Building Syndrome (the occupants experiencing discomfort, irritations or generic illness). One possible solution to all these challenges is the eco-city designed and made by people for people. It seems like a cliché, but it is not: we will discuss some solutions which are already implemented and some solutions which are going to be implementing in order to have a real concept of sustainable habitat capable to solve the modern life equation: URBAN DEVELOPMENT + TECHNIQUE = ECONOMIC GROWTH + POLLUTION.

The eco-city will recycle as much as possible, including all its wastewater; grow food on its own environmentally sensitive farms; and create al its own energy in non-polluting ways – wind, solar, and the burning of human and animal waste. It will require the use of novel building materials, and also by using new construction technologies.

This is a 1.5 hours tutorial according to the next outline:
• About sustainable development
• The dynamic of mega-cities around the world
• Out door and indoor pollution of modern society: present and future
• Methods to measure and to diminish pollution
• New type of sensors, and new type of measuring devices: some patents we already have built in our University
• What about informational pollution? Conclusion and future work.


Sustainable development,mega-cities, out-door pollution, in-door pollution, volatile organic compounds, Sick Building Syndrome

Aims and Learning Objectives

We will discuss solutions which are already implemented and some solutions which are going to be implementing in order to have a real human sustainable habitat.

Target Audience

Scientists and researchers involved in ecological systems sustainable development.

Prerequisite Knowledge of Audience

Specific aspects regarding modern cities issues and dynamic of their development. Specidic aspects concerning assurance of sustainable development concepts.

Detailed Outline

A brief history of human habitats called cities.
Nowadays dynamic of cities.
What involves the notion of mega-city?
Case study of the most representative mega-cities around the world.
Defining new concepts for dealing with sustainable development of mega-cities: Ecological Footprints.
Out-door and in-door pollution issues of mega-cities.
Actual solutions for dealing with mega-cities issues.
New threats for sustainable development of human habitats.
Future solutions for dealing with new threats.
Urban automation a possible solution?
What can we prove we have done about this topic: presenter`s achievements and proposals.
Audience proposals about how we can solve the issues discussed here.

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